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Two Douglas County wineries, their respective owners and the Umpqua Valley wine area have all seen a fruitful start to 2015.Earl and Hilda Jones, owners of Abacela Winery of Winston, were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Wine Board at the annual Oregon Wine Industry Awards Dinner in late February. The achievement award is one of the board’s
Published: April 26, 2015
At one point during the recession in the 1980s, Harold Phillips’ career was quite literally in the toilets. He cleaned restrooms for the Oregon Department of Transportation.Today, as director of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Phillips runs one of the county’s most financially successful departments.Phillips, 60, grew up in Escondido and Long Beach, California. He moved to Winston in 1979 at
Published: April 14, 2015
The Umpqua Valley disAbilities Network will host its 6th annual Easter Egg Hunt for people with special needs on Saturday, March 28th. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at Eastwood Elementary, 2550 S.E. Waldon St. Roseburg, and there will be prizes. People should RSVP by March 27. 541-672-6336 or visit www.uvdn.org [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] Callahan Village Assisted Living
Published: March 30, 2015
Buying the land and materials to start a vineyard, planting the grape stock, growing and harvesting the grapes, making the wine, attracting consumers to taste it and buy it — all these aspects of the wine industry add up to a $44 million value on the Douglas County economy.That figure for 2013 was one of many revealed in a study
Published: March 28, 2015
Oregon-based musicians Asculta! Woodwind Quintet will be playing at 3 p.m. on Sunday at MarshAnne Landing, 175 Hogan Road, Oakland.The group is led by clarinetist Daniel Cathey and includes Meghan Naxer on flute, Joey Hartman on bassoon, Clara Terrell on oboe and Chris Mudd on the French horn. Featured music will cover French Quarter-inspired Mardi Gras tunes, spirited tango sounds
Published: March 25, 2015
A panel of Roseburg area winemakers and brewers will discuss those two industries at the monthly Young Entrepreneur Society’s meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday.The meeting will be held at the Paul O’Brien Winery, 609 S.E. Pine St. with a social time beginning at 5 p.m. and the panel discussion to start at 5:30 p.m.The panel will discuss the future
Published: March 24, 2015
The Freed Estate Winery will hold its spring opening at 11 a.m. Friday at its estate, 430 Hooten Road, Winston.There will be free wine tasting, and art will be on display from the Umpqua Valley Watercolor Society. The art features wood and wire crafts, stained-glass art and jewelry. These exhibits will continue throughout the year. The spring opening will go
Published: March 18, 2015
This year’s Greatest of the Grape was a sellout affair, the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association said. Of the 700 tickets sold, about 550 were standard tickets and 150 were for VIP priority. The association estimates that the event made about $12,000 profit, which will be funneled into marketing wineries under the UVWA umbrella.Ron Schofield, the event’s treasurer, said the festivities
Published: March 9, 2015
One of the competitors at Saturday’s Greatest of the Grape wine festival may continue to dazzle the judges. Umpqua Community College’s Southern Oregon Wine Institute will contend in the white wine category with a 2012 chardonnay that has already earned an honor — a bronze award from the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this year.“It’s already won one big award, so
Published: March 4, 2015
If you are going to publish an annual “Worst Of” list — and I’m not sure why anyone would — it would seem prudent to at least establish some credibility. In Defense of Animals, a nonprofit headquartered in San Rafael, California, just made my “Top 10 Worst NonProfit” agencies list. Last week that animal rights group sent out a press
Published: January 25, 2015
The state’s oldest wine festival is about to uncork in Douglas County once again. The Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon will host the 45th Annual Greatest of the Grape on March 7. This year’s celebration, hosted by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association, will host 28 wineries from southern Oregon and 14 local caterers. The gala also features a
Published: January 20, 2015
Unlike several months ago when three or four $20 bills were needed to fill the family vehicle, now it takes only a couple of those bills or even less for a fill up. People at the pump are seeing more money left in their purses and wallets as fuel prices have plunged to six-year lows, dropping to under $2 a
Published: January 18, 2015
A week after he said he’d “retired,” Dan Hern sent me a note asking for some help on another of his many community campaigns. Hern is one of those guys who can’t sit still. Not when there are so many who need so much. “Hi, Jeff,” he wrote in an email last week. “Happy New Year! I’m asking for the
Published: January 11, 2015
When she first heard the idea of artists in Roseburg starting their own gallery, painter Barbara Tannewitz was skeptical. “I just honestly didn’t see how it could work,” she said. Now, three years later, Gallery Northwest on Jackson Street in downtown Roseburg has expanded, and the art cooperative behind it is optimistic a new space can help them bring more
Published: January 2, 2015
City Councilors elected to serve their communities will be tasked in 2015 with finding funding for basic services. That and other tough issues await the governments of North County’s six municipalities. DRAIN True to its name, Drain has been gradually drawing off money to pay for utilities for years, and will continue to do so in 2015. Monthly sewer rates
Published: January 1, 2015
It’s time to get serious about those New Year’s resolutions. If yours is to start your own business, think Elkton. Elkton’s population has grown steadily, despite the past years of recession, creating pressure for new services and offering opportunities. Four new businesses opened in 2014, and there is plenty of room for more. Operated here for 30 years, K &
Published: December 28, 2014
After leading an award-winning winemaking program at Umpqua Community College, Southern Oregon Wine Institute Associate Director Dwayne Bershaw will leave UCC for a position at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he will be a lecturer at the school’s Department of Food Science. Bershaw graduated from University of California, Davis, with a master’s degree in viticulture and enology. He
Published: December 9, 2014
The possibility of a job change for Alison Eggers was raised about eight years ago in a conversation with Kelley Janzen. Eggers was the store manager at Macy’s at the time and Janzen was a State Farm insurance agent. But the time wasn’t quite right for Eggers. Six years later it was right. Eggers retired from Macy’s in 2012 after
Published: December 7, 2014
Oakland’s MarshAnne Landing Winery will host another evening of classical music. At 3 p.m. Dec. 7, the Oregon Bach Collegium will perform a program titled, “To Drive the Cold Winter Away.” Artistic director Margaret Gries will lead musicians playing traditional music on period instruments, including the harpsichord, cello, violin and harmonium. Cost is $25. Information: 541-459-7998 or MarshAnneLanding.com.
Published: December 3, 2014
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all the incidents or their final outcomes. POLICE LOG Today Douglas County sheriff 12:33 a.m. — An unknown male was inside the caller’s house and stole his phone in the 300 block of Conrad Street, Myrtle Creek. He described
Published: December 2, 2014
Oakland was proud to host its annual Antique and Wine Walk last Sunday and was happy to report a record 199 passports sold on the beautiful autumn day. The Oakland Singers provided entertainment around town and observed many folks just out enjoying the day and the historic town without a passport or wine glass. Thanks to the wonderful Umpqua wineries
Published: December 1, 2014
After having his excess inventory in three different locations in the past couple of years, Joe DeMeyer was tired of moving it. He took care of the problem by buying the warehouse building at 744 S.E. Stephens St. in Roseburg. The building had most recently been home to Southside Vendors, but that business moved to a Diamond Lake Boulevard address
Published: December 1, 2014
The map of the Umpqua Valley Wine Growers Association includes 23 tasting rooms in the many valleys of the Umpqua, and it’s a good bet most will be open this weekend. “It’s a tradition. Most people try to do something special,” said Terry Brandborg, president of the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association. Wineries traditionally hold tasting room hours today, Saturday and
Published: November 28, 2014
Oakland’s MarshAnne Landing Winery will host several evenings of classical music. At 7 p.m. Nov. 29, the tenor David Gustafson will sing arias with piano and violin accompaniment. Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. At 3 p.m. Dec. 7, the Oregon Bach Collegium will perform a program titled, “To Drive the Cold Winter Away.” Artistic director Margaret Gries will lead
Published: November 25, 2014
Seattle flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes presents her latest show, “Noches de Inviero” (winter nights) next week at Centerstage Theatre at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Fuentes will be joined by Spanish cantaor (flamenco singer) Jose Anillo and Bulgarian guitarist Bobby de Sofia. The show’s at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets: $22, $12 for students, $8 for kids
Published: November 25, 2014
The Elkton Community Education Center will sponsor a number of events for the holiday season. The nonprofit center will participate in Elkton’s shop local event Nov. 28 to 30, keeping special hours throughout the post-Thanksgiving weekend. Several wineries, art studios and restaurants will also take part, along with the ECEC gift shop and holiday art exhibit. A holiday wreath making
Published: November 25, 2014
Pull Some Strings — The Stringtown Ambassadors from Asheville, North Carolina, perform Appalachian and Irish folk music from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at My Coffee, 1700 Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. Tickets: $4. 541-229-1230. Window-Shopping — Tonight at 5:30 p.m. is a fundraiser for Douglas and Josephine county food banks at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, off Interstate 5
Published: November 21, 2014
The Roseburg High School drama department is putting on its Fall play, ‘Almost Maine,’ at 7 p.m., Nov. 20-22 in Rose Theatre at Roseburg High School. The play explores the oddities, dreams and anguishes of life in a fictional northern Maine town, performed in a series of nine vignettes and three prologues. The drama department describes it as “the quirkiest
Published: November 16, 2014
The Main Street Myrtle Creek Association sponsors its Winter Wine Walk from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Several businesses will host wineries offering complimentary wine with hors d’oeuvres. The walk starts at SOCO Coffee Company at 425 N. Main St. Souvenir glass and wine map: $5. Information: 541-817-6762.
Published: November 12, 2014
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all the incidents or their final outcomes. POLICE LOG Thursday Douglas County sheriff 2:10 a.m. — The caller saw a man who resembles a man wanted for murder out of Washington in the 800 block of John Long Road,
Published: November 7, 2014

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